The Oxygen Ponies

The Oxygen Ponies

BandAlternativeSinger/Songwriter

Minor chord folk/pop for the end credits, a dozen songs delivered in a raspy voice that sounds broken beyond repair.

Biography

Paul Megna was taught how to play guitar by his friend, Jeff Buckley - after being shot in the neck by a sniper in Hell's Kitchen in 1994. His misfortune was covered on Page Six of the New York Post under the caption "Bullets over Broadway". A playwright saw the write-up, contacted Paul in the hospital and offered him the lead in the production of "Coffee with Kurt Cobain". Upon recovery, Paul bought a cheap black Fender guitar and asked Jeff to show him how to play it authentically - because he had never held a guitar before and needed to learn quickly.

Paul perfected his unique songwriting style and odd finger-picking technique during a seven month sabbatical to Sag Harbor, after thwarting his girlfriend of three years’ suicide attempt. By day, he worked as a pig nanny. Late at night, in an old abandoned barn, he would practice his 'sleepy bedroom’ pop songs over and over until they were memorized and then record them into an answering machine because he didn't know how to jot them down and was afraid he'd forget them. "At the time it was cathartic. I had no intention of ever playing them for anyone. I just felt like I had something to say." These 'answering machine tapes' became the basis for the songs on The Oxygen Ponies and you can feel the emptiness haunting the air from the moment you hear the incurable loneliness in Megna's world weary voice.

But it wasn't until last year, when Paul found himself sitting alone, staring at the walls of his empty Hell's Kitchen apartment; after ending his five year relationship a few months before the scheduled wedding, that he decided to record at Don Piper’s ‘Between the Trains Studio’ (Guster, The Lilys, Sam Champion) and make the record he’d always been hesitant to make. "As much as I loved writing songs, I still thought of myself as an actor. I was reluctant to commit them to record, but I knew I had to. They were all I had left." Together they assembled an incredible cast of local musicians and blended them into a cohesive unit to flesh out The Oxygen Ponies powerful compositions. The line-up included: Paul, Don (A Don Piper Situation, Syd Straw), Steve Salad (King of France) on baritone guitar, David Roland on electric guitar, Konrad Meissner (Girl Friday, The Silos) on drums, Matt Durant (Rana) on piano, Len Small (Koester) on bass, Matt Horn (A D.P. Situation) on clarinet and organ and Ray Sapirstein (A D.P. Situation) on trumpet.

Rife with wistful melodies, melancholy lyrics and carefully woven, inexplicably uplifting aspects The Oxygen Ponies is a 'Blood on the Tracks' for the Blog Generation - blending the honesty of Leonard Cohen, the swagger of John Cale and the intimacy of Elliott Smith into an original soundscape which is as captivating as the story of the artist himself. The bullet still resides in Paul's neck, centimeters from his jugular - and reverberates throughout the twelve songs on the debut, which serves as a testament to survival.

2006 Egret Records/The Oxpo Recording Company

Lyrics

Devotion

Written By: Paul Megna

She feels like she's floating away with the tide and I'm tired of watching her drown
I pray that the ocean's waves will provide a blanket to settle her down

God I hate asking for favors
Just get me out of this town
She said that I couldn't save her
Now she don't want me around

If she takes the ocean then I'll keep the sky and sidestep the beauty below
I think that devotion means saying goodbye when there's nowhere that you'd rather go

God I hate asking for favors
Just get me out of this town
She said that you were my savior
How come you're never around

IT'S GONNA TAKE SOME TIME TO GET YOU OFF MY MIND
IT'S GONNA TAKE SOME TIME THIS TIME
IT'S GONNA TAKE SOME TIME TO GET ME OFF THIS TIME
IT'S GONNA TAKE SOME TIME THIS TIME

God I hate asking for favors
Just get me off a the ground
Cause I tried all thirty-two flavors
And now I don't wanna be found

Umbrellas in the Rain

Written By: Paul Megna

I know there's got to be a willingness a chance to lose what you gain
But it's a tribute to my stubbornness I don't use umbrellas in the rain

We've gone from tragic to ridiculous and everywhere in between
I cannot weather your vindictiveness why are you always so mean

SHE THINKS I'M HAVING A PARTY
SHE THINKS I'M BAKING A CAKE
SHE THINKS I'M CELEBRATING HER FATE

I tried to slip into subconciousness I thought that then I could see
Every little thing that was wrong with us but I just kept seeing me

SHE THINKS I'M HAVING A PARTY
SHE THINKS I'M BAKING A CAKE
SHE THINKS I'M CELEBRATING GREAT

I Wanna Drink Until It's Obvious
That Everything I Love Dies
Maybe Then Instead Of Vacuous
You'd Say That I Was Alive, I Was Alive, I Was Alive

SHE THINKS I ACT LIKE JESUS
I THINK THAT SHE IS MY CROSS
SHE THINKS I'M CELEBRATING HER LOSS

Brooklyn Bridge

Written By: Paul Megna

Heard you been talking shit my friend well you can talk talk all you want
If she gets fuckin' hit again it's the asphalt you will haunt
'Cause I have known a lot of girls in that swimming pool called romance
Where simple oysters crush the pearls with a steel toe's swift advance

Washington, Washington
God I miss the Brooklyn Bridge
Get me out of Washington
And take me to where she lives

Heard you been sleeping in Michele well you can sleep sleep for ever more
And dream your life is not that hell where you juggle love and war
It's very easy to prentend in the saw fields of your mind
That some bored angel will descend in an effort to be kind

Washington, Washington
God I miss the Brooklyn Bridge
Get me out of Washington
And take me to where she lives

Heard you been making plans to leave well you can make make make believe
That every thing is gonna change but everything it stays the same

GET ME OUT (I'll be there), GET ME OUT (I'll be there)

Washington, Washington
God I miss the Brooklyn Bridge
Get me out of Washington
And take me to where she lives

Discography

The Oxygen Ponies (2006 Egret Records/Oxpo Recording Company)

Set List

Set List: Generally 8 Songs; 40 - 45 minutes; No Covers

It's Yr Life/Have You Forgotten
Happy Where U R
Truest Thing
Devotion
Gone For Good
Brooklyn Bridge
All You Mystic Gurus
Starshine